The surf life saver is an intrinsic part of the Australian cultural fabric . It speaks out the very values that Australians hold dear – a love of the outdoors, health, fitness, mateship, sportsmanship, team work, strength and endurance in the face of hardship and opposition.
The photographs in "Sons of Beaches" will take you into the world of surf life savers on the beaches of Western Australia. Photographer, Seng Mah, has been documenting the exploits of these athletes and gladiators of the surf for more than three years, and his images in "Sons of Beaches" celebrate the icon in its many facets: the surf life saver as champion, athlete, hero, good mate and every day Australian.
From the brute strength of burly surf rowers, to the lithe athleticism of beach sprinters and the raw courage of winter ocean swimmers, these photographs reveal stories of individual surf lifesavers, presenting the human story behind the icon: one that is poignant, proud, dramatic or even humorous.
I am a West Australian photographer who is passionate about reportage and documentary photography. For me, photographs must tell a story. The image must form part of a greater narrative. I photograph to document people in out-of-the-ordinary circumstances, and to see, record and then create something which is powerful and meaningful as a visual, one which resonates on an emotional level with viewers. My aim is to create images that offer both commentary and powerful visuals, one through the other.